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I was born in Barcelona and have lived in the UK for many years now. I'm a writer, translator (English-Spanish and vice-versa) and I'm a medical doctor and worked in Forensic Psychiatry many years. I also have a BA and a PhD in American Literature and Film, and a Masters in Criminology. I've always loved books and apart from writing them I review them often. I write a bit of everything, check my books for more information and my about page for links. My blog is bilingual, English and Spanish.

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  1. This series has been on my TBR for a minor eternity, for some of the reasons you describe in your review … thanks for reminding me of it!

    1. Thanks very much for your comment. It’s great to see you here. I gave up on BookLikes in frustration, and I’m not sure what’s going on, but I hope to catch up with everybody. I am sure you’d enjoy the series. And you can always request the first novel from the author if you start with another one (I started reading on the second, but the first is fantastic as well).
      Keep well and thanks for commenting.

      1. Did you find the “Outpost“ group on Goodreads? That‘s where the BL community has made its temporary home (from home).

        Also, Tim Spalding posted on Librarything that he‘s trying to do something about BL (no idea how far he‘s gotten, though — for the moment I prefer to think “no news is good news“, as he‘d certainly let us know if he‘d given up).

        Links to follow separately (I‘m on my phone; copy & paste is a bit of a hassle).

        Btw, if you have a look at the people who follow me / comment on my WP posts, you‘ll also find a few others from the BL crowd (BrokenTune, MurderbyDeath, URL Phantomhive, etc.)

        And thank you again for your review and further comments on this book series!

      2. Incidentally, do you happen to be in touch with the BL member known there as Locus Amoenus? (Spanish, now living in Canada.) She‘s another one who unfortunately seems to have dropped from the fold, so to speak; it would be great if we could reconnect.

        1. Thanks, Themis Athena. I joined the group when you mentioned it before, but must confess to not being very active on Goodreads (as I’m also an author and Goodreads is not usually very friendly towards authors I got used to only sharing reviews and nothing else). I have bookmarked it now and I’ll make sure to visit when I can.
          No, I remember Locus Amoenus but have never met her anywhere but BookLikes. I’ll keep my eyes open just in case.
          Thanks for the reminder and stay safe.

          1. You too — and thanks for letting me know re: The Outpost (just making sure … btw, GR is not a friendly place to anyone; that‘s a huge part of why this group isn‘t public and there‘s an actual bar to admission. 🙂 )

        2. I wasn’t sure if you would be able to remove the link, so I edited it out just in case. Thanks again.

          1. Thank you in turn!!

  2. This sounds very good, Olga. Another great review.

    1. Thanks, Robbie. Brian O’Hare manages one of the things I admire most of my favourite authors for, combining gripping plots with characters readers care for. Enjoy the week and take care.

  3. I do enjoy police procedural, every now and then. I haven’t read any books in this series, but I’ll be checking it out.

    1. I think you’d enjoy this series, Luccia. The cases are quite varied, but all interesting. Stay well.

  4. dgkaye says:

    Like you, I don’t like to get caught up in series, mostly because my mood dictates what I want to read and hate to leave anything unfinished. And yet with so many books to read, I love crime thrillers and police procedurals, so alas, you snatched my attention again, lol. Sounds riveting! I hope they are standalones? <3 Hugs xx

    1. Hi, Debby. The stories are all stand-alone, although as it tends to happen in police procedural series, sometimes one of the characters might refer to something that happened in a previous case, but that does not interfere with the understanding of the story. I started reading this one on the second book and felt curious about the first one, but had no difficulty following the action and getting to know the characters. As I’ve said, the author includes a cast of characters and also a guide of the terminology specific to Northern Ireland policing to make sure people know who is who.
      There are things about each character’s journey that makes reading all the books worthwhile (as you get involved with their stories as well), but I am sure you’d enjoy any of the books in this series you chose to pick up.
      Enjoy the rest of the week and keep well.

      1. dgkaye says:

        Thanks again Olga. I picked up 2! Now I just have to get to them. <3

        1. I know the feeling! Take care! 😉

          1. dgkaye says:

            Lol xx

  5. Sorry I missed this earlier, Olga. It looks like another great book from Brian, though I have to say I think the cover is awful!
    Best wishes, Pete.

    1. Thanks, Pete. It’s difficult to keep track of everything, and this week I’ve been far too busy with my blog. I was surprised, because the ARC copy I received had a completely different cover, and when I saw the final one I had to check. I think the image goes with the story, but I’m not sure about the typography.
      I hope you’re keeping well. Thanks for commenting.

  6. A great review, Olga – this sounds like an excellent read, though probably a bit grim for me. Toni x

    1. Thanks, Toni. It has its tough moments, due to the topics it deals with, but the ending is pretty satisfying and the characters are terrific. ♥

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